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pacific endodontics
Dr Brett Owatz
Meet the Doctor

Dr. Owatz has been involved with organized dentistry for nearly twenty five years and has enjoyed all of his experiences thoroughly in Victoria and around the world. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, fishing and  woodworking, if you visit Pacific Endodontics you will notice some of his handiwork. He also loves to spend time with his busy young family and tries to attend all of their soccer practices, rain or shine. He and his family also love to travel, especially to locales with warm waters where you can snorkel and boogie board.

 

Dr Owatz completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry. Following graduation he moved to Vancouver Island where he practiced general dentistry for over two years.  He was then offered a position by the government of the United Arab Emirates where he practiced general dentistry for four years. Knowing that he wanted to specialize in Endodontics, Dr. Owatz then accepted a Preceptor position at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dental Medicine Department of Endodontics. He then continued his training at the world renowned endodontic graduate program in the same department  and earned his Certificate in Endodontics and Master of Science in Endodontics. Following defense of his thesis in San Antonio, Dr. Owatz accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. After a short tenure in sunny Las Vegas, Dr. Owatz decided to relocate to Canada and spent the next six years practicing Endodontics in Victoria, BC.  He then took a short sabbatical to Saudi Arabia working for the worlds largest company, Saudi Aramco, as a Consultant Endodontist. Dr. Owatz has now permanently settled in Victoria and is very excited about his new full time practice, Pacific Endodontics.

 

Dr. Owatz has been invitied to lecture to dentists and endodontists in North America and the Middle East and was received several awards for his research on the perception of pain in endodontic patients. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Journal of Endodontics, the premier journal for the specialty and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

 

Publications

Measurement of mechanical allodynia and local anesthetic efficacy in patients with irreversible pulpitis and acute periradicular periodontitis. Khan AA*, Owatz CB*, Schindler WG, Schwartz SA, Keiser K, Hargreaves KM. JOURNAL OF ENDODONTICS, Vol. 33, No. 7, p. 796-9.

 

The development of a diagnostic instrument for the measurement of mechanical allodynia in endodontic pain patients. Khan AA, McCreary BF, Owatz CB, Schindler WG, Schwartz SA, Keiser K, Hargreaves KM. JOURNAL OF ENDODONTICS, Vol. 33, No. 6, p. 663-6.

 

The incidence of mechanical allodynia in patients with irreversible pulpitis. Owatz CB*, Khan AA*, Schindler WG, Schwartz SA, Keiser K, Hargreaves KM. JOURNAL OF ENDODONTICS, Vol. 33, No. 5, p. 552-6.

 

Central sensitization and the development of bilateral mechanical allodynia in patients with irreversible pulpitis and acute periradicular periodontitis. Owatz CB*, Khan AA*, Schindler WG, Schwartz SA, Keiser K, Hargreaves KM. JOURNAL OF ENDODONTICS, Vol. 33, No. 3, p. 340, March 2007. (Abstract)

 

Enterococcus faecalis: Its role in root canal treatment failure and current concepts in retreatment. Stuart CH, Schwartz SA, Beeson TJ, Owatz CB. JOUNAL OF ENDODONTICS, Vol. 32, No. 2, p. 93-8, February 2006.

 

Incidence and pain intensity in patients with irreversible pulpitis and acute periradicular periodontitis. Owatz CB, Khan AA, McCreary BF, Schindler WG, Schwartz SA, Keiser K, Hargreaves KM. JOURNAL OF ENDODONTICS, VOL. 32, No. 3, p. 235, OR 7, March 2006. (Abstract)

 

The development of a diagnostic instrument for the measurement of mechanical allodynia in endodontic pain patients. Khan AA, McCreary BF, Owatz CB, Schindler WG, Schwartz SA, Keiser K, Hargreaves KM. JOURNAL OF ENDODONTICS, Vol. 32, No. 3, p. 235, OR 6, March 2006. (Abstract)

 

Update: Pre-emptive analgesics: An animal study on the effect of morphine, ibuprofen and local anesthetics. Keiser K, Owatz CB. In Cohen S, Hargreaves KM, editors: Pathways of the Pulp [Electronic version], St. Louis, 2006, Elsevier.

 

 Dr. Owatz is affiliated with the following professional organizations:

 

    American Association of Endodontists

    American Board of Endodontics

    Association of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia

    British Columbia Endodontic Society

    Canadian Academy of Endodontics

    Canadian Dental Association

    Royal College of Dentists of Canada

    Victoria and District Dental Society